Night at Jardins de Bagatelle
Well firstly because the restaurant/bar/nightclub are only open part of the year anyway (Spring and Summer) and the second because August is when there are less people in Paris so less people at Bagatelle. This huge Palace and it’s Gardens are situated in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, North West of Paris. It was actually built in 64 days, in 1775, as a bet between Marie-Antoinette and the Compte D’Arcois, who was adamant he could have the palace built in that time. He won. Although the gardens took a little longer. They are actually the work of Jean-Claude-Nicolas Forestier, who actually also designed the Champs de Mars (alongside the Eiffel Tower). He was a friend of the botanically inspired artist Monet. The Rose gardens there are legendary and a part of Forestier’s most beautiful work.
I went to meet a couple of friends for a private party that night we were invited to but there were still loads and loads of people around. Paris nights are crazy like that, you think nobody will show and then in the space of an hour, most of the guest list (and extras) have turned up.
Part of what I do is to organize events for companies in Paris but I had never chosen Les Jardins as it is more of a personal place for me, plus the restaurant never seems to cater for the big nights these companies ask me to set up! I will tell you more about the events I have organized and show you pics in later posts.
I had a cocktail (mojito mojito, I just seem to stand alcohol when it’s in the shape of a mojito) and danced all night. It was great to party with the girls, get dressed up, strut our stuff and just laugh). When the taxi arrived my feet where not the happiest but I went home glowing (because of the mojito) with an Alka Seltzer at the ready by my bedside table and a big girly had-a-great-night-smile on my face :-))
Jardins de Bagatelle.
Metro Porte Maillot. By car: Bois de Boulogne Route de Sèvres-à-Neuilly and Allée de Longchamp